How New Is My Left—The Laos Invasion and the 70–71 Academic Year
A divided but increasingly militant Movement shouts down Ambassador Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr., demonstrates against the invasion of Laos by occupying the Stanford Computation Center, and protests war-related recruiting.
The New Left Project
A nine-page document describing the New Left Project along with articles by some of the members.The sophistication of this document suggests that I didn’t write it.
The energy with which the national elite and its media court youth reveals the purpose of American electoral politics today: to create the illusion that people have a say in their government.
New Left Project
The university prepares those whom the elite must recruit to replenish its numbers.
New Left Proposal
Siegel Proposal for New Left Project.
Link: Leonard Siegel,
New Left Proposal,July 7, 1970, A3M Historical Archive, 1970–1971 (pdf, 6.3 MB).
Students Placed on Probation
Thirteen Stanford students who blocked entry to the San Francisco Draft Board on March 2 in a nonviolent war protest were given five-day suspended jail sentences and placed on probation until June 1.
Link: Stanford University News Service, March 11, 1971, A3M Historical Archive, 1970–1971: Columbae House / Non-Violence (pdf, 224 KB).
The Stanford Medical Community for Peace and published The Axon from a room they called the Nerve Center.
Faculty Wives Protest
Protest against weapons contractor FMC at Stanford’s Career Planning Center by a group of Stanford faculty wives who belong to the newly formed Stanford Women for Peace. Remember, at this time, the Stanford faculty was overwhelmingly male.
Link: Stanford University News Service, February 26, 1971, A3M Historical Archive, 1970–1971: Career Center.
“Nearly 1600 women students, faculty, staff, and wives at Stanford sent a letter to President Nixon… calling for total withdrawal of American forces from Southeast Asia.”
Link: Stanford University News Service, April 21, 1971, A3M Historical Archive, 1970–1971 (pdf, 360 KB).
Faculty Political Action Group
Faculty members with a history in the anti-war movement formed the Faculty Political Action Group (FPAG).
Faculty Political Action Group,A3M Historical Archive, 1970–1971: Faculty Political Action Group.
Fire and Sandstone
48-page booklet which went on sale during fall quarter registration, 1970.
If you don’t like the booklet blame the [author] group that you don’t like.
Link: Fire and Sandstone: The Last Radical Guide to Stanford, prepared by members of the Stanford Radical Caucus and the New Left Project, Fall, 1970, p. 2, A3M Historical Archive, 1970–1971 (26.7 MB).
Protest Greet President Lyman
Richard Lyman weathered his first demonstration after 32 hours in office and warned 1400 freshmen Friday night in his convocation address that the University's
body is being fought over" and its "soul imperiled.
The Road to Peace Lies in the Streets
This unsigned essay suggests activities for campus leftists who feel incapacitated and are
looking for an issue.
Link: Leonard Siegel,
The Road to Peace Lies in the Streets,October 13, 1970, p. 1, A3M Historical Archive, 1970–1971 (pdf, 588 KB).
Looking at Lockheed
Peaceful picketing and leafleting against Lockheed by students and unemployed engineers outside the Stanford Placement Office.
Link: Stanford University News Service, October 28, 1970, A3M Historical Archive, 1970–1971: Career Center (pdf, 288 KB).
To Stanford Engineering Students,A3M Historical Archive, 1970–1971: Career Center (pdf, 457 KB).
Purge War Criminals
Anyone working as a war criminal should be...purged from the community,Robert Scheer, Peace and Freedom Party Senatorial candidate in last week's election, told the War Crimes Commission Sunday night.
Flyer stating that the Stanford
War Crimes Commissionhas changed its name to
The Inquisition,and is inviting people to open meetings at TMU on January 7 and January 14.
Sky’s the Limit until Leonard is Set Free
Tongue-in-cheek flier inviting attendance at Stanford Judicial Council Hearing on Lenny Siegel’s activities.
Real War Criminal
Column by 'Grand Inquisitor' calling Henry Cabot Lodge a war criminal who must be confronted.
Link: The Grand Inquisitor,
Henry Cabot Lodge: The Real War Criminal,Stanford Daily, January 11, 1971, p. 2.
The Lodge Demonstration
Lenny Siegel’s report on Henry Cabot Lodge’s visit to Stanford.
Link: Lenny Siegel,
Lodge at Stanford,January 12, 1971, A3M Historical Archive, 1970–1971: Henry Cabot Lodge Protest (pdf, 450 KB).
Lessons Learned from Lodge
Anti-war theology professor Robert McAfee Brown questions the shouting down of Henry Cabot Lodge.
Bad Apple Theory: Franklin Singled Out
Large numbers of people believe that by cleansing the campus of a few leaders that the campus radical movement will be eliminated. People who are used to operating in hierarchies cannot understand a movement which is not based on a hierarchical structure.
Stanford Inquisition Protests SRI’s Electronic Warfare Briefing
The Inquisition, a Stanford University group investigating war crimes in the Palo Alto area, has called a demonstration for Wednesday, January 20, at 7:00 PM at the Stanford Research Institure International Building in Menlo Park.
Stanford Inquisition Protests SRI’s Electronic Warfare Briefing,January, 1971, A3M Historical Archive, 1970–1971: Stanford Research Institute (316 KB).
Nine Arrested as Police, Dissidents Clash at SRI
Riot police used clubs and mace to turn back a crowd of 150 demonstrators who had gathered at the Stanford Research Institute's (SRI) Menlo Park facility last night to protest a Wild Weasel meeting
Link: Dan Bernstein and Lang Atwood,
Nine Arrested As Police, Dissidents Clash at SRI,Stanford Daily, January 21, 1971, p. 1.
Guardian, Dispatch, and LNS
Report by Lenny Siegel covering Stanford student reaction to the Laos invasion.
Link: Lenny Siegel,
Guardian, Dispatch, and LNS,February 13, 1971, A3M Historical Archive, 1970–1971: Laos Invasion (pdf, 748 KB).
Coalition Against the War in Indochina
A one-page description of the Coalition Against the War in Indochina (CAWI).
SRI Does Indochina War Research at the Stanford Computation Center!!!
February, 1971 flyer by The Inquisition proclaiming that SRI is using the University’s Computation Center to run GAMUT-H, a computer simulation of an amphibious assault designed to optimize speed and efficiency in the deployment of helicopters, troops, and artillery, which is
directly applicable in Indochina.
Link: The Inquisition,
SRI Does Indochina War Research at the Stanford Computation Center!!!February, 1971, A3M Historical Archive, 1970–1971 Laos Invasion: Computation Center (pdf, 424 KB).
Meeting Calls for Strike
University protest against the invasion of Laos culminated in a near unanimous student strike vote by 250 students and community people at a meeting in Dinkelspiel Auditorium last night.
Link: Chris Peck, “Meeting Calls for Strike, Plans Noon Rally Today,” Stanford Daily, February 10, 1971, p. 1.
Open Letter to the Stanford Community
Letter from The Inquisition stating that their investigation has uncovered SRI’s use of the Computation Center for war research and stating six demands which include that all use of Stanford facilities by non-University individuals and institutions be made public, and that the use of these facilities for defense contracts be immediately terminated.
Link: The Inquisition,
Open Letter to the Stanford Community,February 8, 1971, A3M Historical Archive, 1970–1971 Laos Invasion: Computation Center (372 KB).
Clash at Computation Center
Students and police clashed near Pine Hall, the University's computation center, following a three-hour takeover of that $5 million facility. Four persons were arrested following that incident.
Link: Ed Kohn,
Unknown Assailant Shoots 2 Last Night; Radical, Police Clash at Comp Center,Stanford Daily, February 11, 1971, p. 1.
Witness Says Miller Withheld Data
Provost William F. Miller intentionally did not publicize that a controversial amphibious assault computer program at the Computation Center had been discontinued a day before the center was occupied on February 10, a systems programmer at the Center charged yesterday.
Non-University Use of Campus Computer Facilities
Provost William F. Miller remarked on non-university groups using the Computation Center.
Link: Stanford University News Service, February 10, 1971, A3M Historical Archive, 1970–1971 Laos Invasion: Computation Center (pdf, 7 MB).
People's War Critique
Lenny Siegel’s reaction to February 10, 1971 violence on the Stanford campus. Written February 11, 1971.
Link: Lenny Siegel,
People’s War Critique,February 11, 1971, A3M Historical Archive, 1970–1971: Laos Invasion (pdf, 3.6 MB).
1000 March Against Asian War
Nearly 1,000 people marched into Palo Alto yesterday to protest the invasion of Laos and the Indochina War
Franklin Ignores Suspension
Professor Bruce Franklin ignored his suspension yesterday to teach his English class on
Literature in the 1930s.
Link: Larry Liebert,
Prof. Franklin Ignores Suspension As Overflow Crowd Attends Class,Stanford Daily, February 17, 1971, p. 1.
Operation Total Victory: February, 1971
The operations in the Spring of 1970 were officially known as Operation Total Victory Number 42 and Operation Total Victory Number 43.
Link: Banning Garrett,
Operation Total Victory, Third Edition,Pacific Studies Center, February, 1971, A3M Historical Archive, 1970–1971: Laos Invasion (pdf, 4.5 MB).
Justice: A Monstrous Lie
Law is irrelevant for those people who may need it most,civil rights attorney William Kunstler told an overflow audience of 400 in Bishop Auditorium yesterday afternoon
Fonda Speaks, Favors People’s Peace Treaty
Actress Jane Fonda spoke in favor of the
People's Peace Treatylast night before an overflow crowd in Dinkelspiel Auditorium, saying that
we must be prepared to lay our bodies on the lineto implement the treaty.
Harris Plea: Revolutionary Love
David Harris, appearing with his wife Joan Baez before an overflow crowd in Memorial Church Saturday night, called for daily struggle for
those things that we understand as human good.
Packard Flees Arrest
Report issued by Lenny Siegel which begins,
A scheduled address last night, Thursday, April 8, by Deputy Secretary of Defense David Packard was moved from Palo Alto to San Francisco at the last moment after anti-war demonstrators announced plans to arrest Packard for war crimes.
Link: Lenny Siegel,
Packard Flees Arrest,April 9, 1971, A3M Historical Archive, 1970–1971: Packard Protest (pdf, 556 KB).
…But Why the Hospital
Undated flyer by Venceremos giving its view of the hospital sit-in, police action, and hospital policy.
…But Why the Hospital,April, 1971 A3M Historical Archive, 1970–1971: Hospital Issues: Sit-In.
Police Break Up Hospital Sit-In
Club-swinging Palo Alto police and Santa Clara County Sheriffs Deputies cleared about 60 demonstrators from an administrative corridor at Stanford Hospital during a near-riot early Friday evening, ending a 30-hour sit-in.
Police Search Stanford Daily For Evidence
In an apparently unprecedented action, four Palo Alto and two Stanford policemen, using a search warrant to gain entry, thoroughly searched the offices of the Daily yesterday seeking evidence that might lead to new prosecutions for last Friday's violent hospital sit-in.
Police Search of Stanford Daily Was Ruled Unconstitutional
“Palo Alto police use of a search warrant in the offices of The Stanford Daily was unconstitutional, the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Ninth District ruled unanimously late Thursday, Jan 3.”
Link: Stanford University News Service, February 4, 1977, A3M Historical Archive, 1970–1971: Hospital Issues: Sit-In.